MEXICO - Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño, AC

To show the love of Jesus by providing love, security, acceptance, identity and approval to children at risk in Colima, Mexico.

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Hope for the Nations has been in partnership with Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño, AC, a ministry out of the church Grupo Amor in Colima, Mexico, since 1996. 

“The Home of Love and Protection for the Child” began in 1992 with 10 children in one home. Today it serves over 170 children in 12 homes, ranging from babies to university students. Our program is designed to provide children with support for their emotional, spiritual and educational needs, as well as their physical well-being. The homes each have a set of house parents and are purposed for diverse needs in terms of age, gender, and sibling groups. Operations involves 30 staff and a large group of permanent and short term volunteers. All are motivated by their love of God and their love for the children who come to them for care.


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  • Here at HOPE, our narrative has been woven over the last 25 years from the threads of hundreds of children's stories around the globe. We hear stories of injustice, desperation, trauma, recovery, joy, victories, and so much hope.

     

    Every story, every child, every victory, no matter how big or small is a celebration of justice, of overcoming odds that once looked impossible.

     

    One such example is the story of Caris:

     

    Caris came to us directly from the hospital at just 5 days old. We received her with the paediatrician report that stated she might live a week, or a month, but she would never live to see her first birthday. We decided we would make each day of her life the best it could be.  One year passed and then two . . . and now Caris is about to turn 15! Caris was born with hydrocephalus, which didn’t allow her brain to develop. She faces many challenges and requires a great deal of care. She has a sweet spirit, and her smiles erase any fatigue that comes with her care. She changes the heart of everyone who has the opportunity to know her.

     

    Every young lady in Mexico looks forward to her 15th birthday, or “quinceañera”. A big party is planned and the young lady is celebrated by friends and family. As Caris’ Hogar de Amor family began to think about and plan the event, it was decided to bump up the event a few months so it would coincide with the visit of “Papi Dennis” and “Mami Diane”. Everyone pitched in with the preparations, food, decorating, set up! It was a beautiful party, befitting a beautiful girl! Balloons, flowers, delicious food, cake, dessert bar, and her very large family celebrating with her. Caris’ smiles were plentiful and she loved all the attention. In the midst of the celebration we couldn’t help but think of the miracle we were witnessing. The paediatrician’s report said one thing . . . God’s report says another! Happy Birthday Caris – we love you!

     

  • Thank you to all the donors who sent along extra Christmas money for the kids at Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño. It was such a treat for them to enjoy an outing to the local zoo!

     

    What a gift it is when we can not only meet the children’s physical needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, but also have the opportunity to nourish their sense of wonder, imagination, and adventure through experiences such as a visit to the zoo.

     

    Our work with Hogar de Amor y Protecciòn al Niño runs long and deep. We have been working together with the team and children of Hogar since 1996. The staff and house parents continue to make such an impact on the lives and hearts of so many orphaned children in Mexico. Did you know Hogar operates 11 homes that currently care for 144 children?

     

    If you would like to get involved, either by volunteering or becoming a sponsor, we would love to speak with you.

     

    Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here

  • HOPE agents Stephan and Cynthia Brauer, recently welcomed their new baby boy into the world! Leo Jonathan Brauer was born on Friday, July 13th, weighing 8.02lbs. He is the youngest in our HOPE family. Welcome Leo!

  • The importance of a father in a child’s life is an important one. The role itself is a blessing and an honour full of challenges, discovery, and emotion. Dennis and Diane Unrau are HOPE Agents in Hogar de Amor, Mexico.

    Dennis’ role as a ‘Dad’ is a unique one as he’s had the honour of being a father figure to hundreds of children over the years. This Father’s Day, he shares his story . . .

    “I consider it a privilege to be a father and became a father in December of 1980 when our first child was born. Our first experience at parenting was a whole lot different than we expected as our son Jeremy was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. I learned about things such as seizures, surgeries, and caring for a child who could not verbally communicate. Jeremy was followed three years later by our daughter Jennifer, and three years after her our last child Dustin was born.

    A few months before we knew that we were expecting Jennifer, we began to receive foster children into our home which opened our eyes and hearts to the needs of other children as well. Over the next five years, we cared for 13 children in our home; up to three at a time besides our own children.

    When we felt a call to come to Mexico and work with children, it was a decision that we made with our family. Our kids weighed in and it was agreed that we would come with a one year commitment. That one year has become almost 22 and our own kids, after graduating from the university here, have returned to Canada and established their careers.

    Since we have been house parents here in Mexico, we have directly cared for more than 200 children, walking the floors with crying babies at night, travelling with kids back and forth to school and church, shoe repair, camping trips, celebrating birthdays, hugs during TV time, etc.

    We have been responsible indirectly for fundraising, role modeling, and mentoring for several hundred more children over the years. The ministry currently cares for approximately 180 children, from babies to university students.”

     

    Happy Father’s Day from Hope for the Nations!

  • When a HOPE agent has been in operation as long as Hogar de Amor has, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to see the fruits of their labor spanning over a number of years. Hogar de Amor has been building and operating children’s homes in Colima, Mexico since 1996. They care for over 150 children on a regular basis ranging in age from newborn to college/university students.

    For twenty years, the staff and volunteers have watched as children at risk have been given a caring and loving home, access to food and health care, and have received fresh hope for the future.

    In their Spring Newsletter, Hogar de Amor shared some of the stories of the children who were raised in their children’s homes and where they are now and how the care they received changed their lives and we wanted to share some of those stories, long and short, with you here:

    Valeria (14) came to us along with her older sister Nidia at the age of 2. She now attends our school Instituto Adonai.

    Jorge (22) arrived at Hogar de Amor in December 1999 at just 5 years old. He was a nice little boy, although a little shy. School was a challenge for him, but with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work he was able to finish junior high. When he learned how to drive a motorbike and the orphanage pick-up, he became a great help around the home as he went here and there collecting donations and delivering children to different events. We offered to give him the opportunity to study a technical career, as we didn’t think he had the ability to finish high school. He took an electronics course for 6 months, but he insisted that he wanted to study high school. To our surprise, he finished his high school, all the while helping out as a driver while he studied. Once again he asked us if he could keep studying, and thanks to his tenacity he was accepted in university. He is presently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in International Commerce. He completed his social service in state government offices, and then his practicum in PEMEX, the national gas company. We give thanks to the Lord for Jorge and his perseverance. We have been amazed by all that he has accomplished through his tenacity and the help of God. Jorge’s faith, kind heart, hard work and dedication will help him realize his dreams.

    Monse (18) came to us at 2 years of age. She is helping in one of children’s homes,Casa Esperanza, until she resumes university in the fall.

    Noemi Monserrat Gonzalez arrived at the Casa Cuna when she was 2 years old. She was a busy (naughty!) little girl who insisted she wanted to sleep in a bed rather than a crib, and proved she was capable by never falling out. She is now 12 years old and has changed so much. This past school year, in particular, she has excelled to achieve second place in her 6th grade class. She has matured in other areas as well. She helps in the kitchen with lunch prep and preparing snacks for the children to take to school. She helps us keep an eye on the three younger girls in the home by anticipating their antics until the adult in charge comes out in the morning. It is wonderful when we see our kids mature and begin to use their energy to help and inspire those that are following in their footsteps. Way to go Noemi!

    Jaquie (16) came to us at the age of 3 months. She is presently in “Los Golondrinas” home, studying in grade 10.

    We love to hear these and similar stories of change in the lives of children at risk happening all over the world thanks to the hard work of HOPE partners, volunteers, and supporters!

  • Joel Martinez, houseparent in the Casa Matriz and soccer coach submitted this story
    Some of the larger companies in Mexico become involved in social programs in order to give back to their communities. One of these companies is Dr. Simi, a chain of pharmacies that specialize in generic medicines and vitamins. They recently sponsored a soccer tournament for the institutions that they support. The teams were to be made up of children born between 2000 and 2003. Well, the team we entered from the Casa Matriz only had one child born in 2000, and the rest of our players were younger. When we got to the tournament, the first team that we played, were boys that were born in 1998 and 1997 (I know…the rules can always be “bent” a little!). Well, of course these guys were much bigger than our kids and quite sure that they were going to win.

    As they were making fun of us, the game began. We scored our first goal, and by 7 minutes into the game we were winning 2 – 0. They quit making fun of us and began to get mad, sending some very hard shots our way. However, our boys weren’t afraid and at the end of the second half, we were tied 2 – 2. We won the winning goal in overtime with a long shot that their defense deflected, but not enough to keep the ball from entering the goal. When we arrived to play our final game, the people weren’t making fun of us anymore, but rather cheering us on! In this final game our smallest boys surprised everyone with their courage and determination, leading us to win 3 – 2. In spite of the fact that the other teams played dirty and had many infractions against them, our boys played strong and clean and won their games to become champions of this tournament. When it was time to present the medals and the trophy, the organizers of the tournament congratulated our boys because nobody thought they had a chance of winning, let alone becoming the champions. The boys were called small, but “hot like chilies!”

  • We have had three girls celebrate their 15th birthday in the past two months which is the “big “ birthday for them in this culture. Their names are Brenda, Cynthia and Lety.

    We would like to make special mention of Lety who is the oldest children of seven in the Famoso family. These children have been totally abandoned by their family but have found love and acceptance in a famly atmosphere in the Casa Famoso, one of our smaller homes which was actually named after them. The house parents found donations of different things and had a party for Lety. Someone provided the food, someone else centre pieces, someone else lent Lety a dress and Lety was princess for a day.
    Lety has some learning dissabilities and she is presently in first grade of secondary school. She is going to a school that addresses children with learning challenges. Lety has achieved third place in her grade due to her hard work and study habits.
    Congratulations Lety!

  • September 16th, 2010 marked Mexico's bicentennial. Mexican history is marked with political oppression, discrimination and revolution. The long story in a nutshell is that in 1521 the Spaniards came and conquered Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc which began almost 300 years of Spanish oppression and caste systems. It seemed that the further you were from Spanish decent, the lower you stood on the social scale. Tired of being second class citizens, the “Criollos” (those born in Mexico of Spanish parents) led the revolt and on September 16th, 1810, father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell that signified the beginning of the Independence War which lasted 10 years.

    On the children`s home front, we celebrated the bicentennial with traditional food and fellowship! All of the Colima homes got together and the home in Esperanza joined us as well - each home contributing something to the program and something to the table! Pictured are some of our teen girls performing a traditional dance and in the other photo Mami Ceci is helping `Miguel Hidalgo´ a.k.a. Heriberto, declare the war of independence while M.C., Gonzalo and the other kids from the Casa Leonel look on.

  • Monse from the Casa Leonel was given some money for her birthday by her sponsor. Rather than spending it on herself, she chose to bless a boy that she saw who had some needs and buy a treat that she was able to share with the other children in the home.

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